Celtic boss Neil Lennon has told BBC Scotland that the chance to sign Jose Cifuentes has ‘come up on the radar’.
According to The Scotsman, the Hoops are beating Premier League champions Manchester City in the race to land the Ecuadorian star.
Cifuentes is currently plying his trade with CD America of the Ecuadorian Premier League but is interesting teams in Europe.
Prior to defeating Sarajevo in the Champions League, Lennon told BBC Scotland: “It’s a player we know very little about, so that’s all I can say on that one. He is one who has come up on the radar.”
The defensive midfielder has 10 caps for the Under-20 team, finishing third in the recent Under-20 World Cup.
As he hasn’t made a senior appearance for the national team, it would make it very difficult for City to obtain a work permit.
That hands Celtic the edge. In Scotland, the rules on such formalities are far more relaxed.
Celtic have missed out on David Turnbull this summer, whilst Olivier Ntcham’s future is still up in the air.
Cifuentes looks like a player with a really bright future.
Pep Guardiola’s loss could be Neil Lennon’s gain and he could be a really shrewd signing
The defensive midfielder likes to get forward and he proved an integral part of the Ecuador team at the recent Under-20 World Cup.
Signing Cifuentes could be a good investment financially.
If City genuinely rates him then they may well move for him in the future, but which point he could be worth much more.
This will be one that Lennon should want to get over the line pretty quickly.